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Your Family


Published 1948


Family values in action bring happiness and concord.


Run time 10:06
Producer Coronet Instructional Films
Sponsor N/A
Audio/Visual Sd, B&W


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BRENT FAMILY LEAF THRU SCRAPBOOK. TONY PREPARES DOG FOOD, SCRUBS FLOOR, OFFERS TO HELP MOTHER, KITCHEN CLOCK WITH ACCELERATED HAND ACTION. NANCY SETS DINNER TABLE, FATHER ENTERS WITH NEWSPAPER. FAMILY PRAYS TOGETHER. FAMILY AT TABLE WITH HOME MOVIE PROJECTOR.


FAMILIES COOPERATION SCARPBOOKS DOGS FOOD SCRUBBING FLOORS KITCHENS CLOCKS ACCELERATED HANDS DINNER TABLES SETTING NEWSPAPERS FATHERS MOTHERS CHILDREN PRAYING RELIGION GRACE HOME MOVIES PROJECTORS RECREATION HOMES CHORES EATING MEALS
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Reviews

Reviewer: JayKay49 - - April 12, 2012
Subject: Chicago 'burbs, Winter, Late 40's
It's important to remember that fully grown adults wrote and produced this movie in the late 40's, for impressionable young kids. They had "souls full of hope" (slightly different from Mom in the bathtub, heh, heh). Ya see, after 15 years which featured a great depression followed by a world war with rationing and all....they daydreamed of a time of just bein' left alone to live your life in peace and quiet with food on a tasteful table in a tasteful house situated in a tasteful neighborhood. So, to the previous reviewers, I say "what's to wonder?"

This film has everythinhg you'd expect in a perfect 1948 household including the classic late forties cocker spaniel and jeez, even we had an electric kitchen clock that also, mysteriously accumulated greasy dust over part of the face...just like theirs. Milk in the dog food? Who mopped up all the diarrhea? Ever give a grown dog milk? It's not pleasant.

That movie projector tags this as a relatively well-heeled household. but it will soon be stored in the basement with less frequent and less enthusiastic encore performances once TV gets going...in a very very short time.

And shelling peas? Well, I guess. Birds Eye will be widely available soon but few will have a freezer large enough to store that kind of stuff - perhaps until the mid to late fifties when refrigerators undergo a somewhat radical design change. Apparently, Dad doesn't fancy canned veggies. There were a few like that in those days.

Nice film with an entertaining narrator talking like she's reading a second grade primer - and oh, so upbeat! But I still say, those long long dreary cold winters with snow and ice laying around for weeks and weeks on end are a depressing memory. When you're a kid, it was like an eternity before spring finally arrived.

However, it gets a lot of points for its very kitchy late 40's flavor.

Reviewer: donwert - - March 7, 2010
Subject: Family Fun
It's hard to imagine what teaching purpose this film was supposed to achieve. If it was to teach children how a happy faimly lives, it's quite cruel. How many kids from disfunctional homes watched this over the years with bitterness knowing nothing they could do would turn their family into the paragons in the film? What if father drinks and beats mother? What if there is no money for good food, a warm, pleasant home and a movie projector? In 1948, I dare say that only a fraction of the kids watching this film in school lived in homes anywhere near as nice as the one depicted. The producers of this little
epic had terrible judgment.
Reviewer: ERD - - October 23, 2005
Subject: Made for children
The film is made for children back in the 1940's. It teaches working together as a family.
In today's complex times, it seems too ideal and simplistic, as seen by some of the other review comments.
Reviewer: Spuzz - - October 23, 2005
Subject: The Dishes are done! The dishes are done!
Almost a sequel film to the ever-annoying ÂBeginning Responsibility AND featuring the same narrator, the ominous sounding ÂYour Family details a happy go-lucky family willing to jump through hoops to do family chores so they could get dinner over with so they can watch their home movies of them shoveling snow. All the family has duties, Mom takes care of the house, Tony takes care of the unfortunately-named terrier Fluffy, Nancy sets the table, and Dad, well, he doesnÂt deserve to do anything, as heÂs of course had a hard day at the office. But when the movies arrive, and Nancy out to music practice, something has to be done pronto to fill the slack since thereÂs noone to help cook dinner! Suddenly, Tony offers to help Mom! WasnÂt sure if this was the filmÂs intention for Tony to have this idea (big props!) or whether Mom was too dimwitted to think of this in the first place. Soon, theyÂre all caught up, Nancy arrives, Dad arrives, soon dinner is served, and the dishes are done (this is a funny moment as you will see) and soon theyÂre watching the movies! Huzzah!
3 priceless Amelie moments: 1) Watch Tony as he reacts to his muddy hands, 2) The narrator is doing overtime with the story AND the characters, great! 3) And finally, everyone helps with shoveling the walks.. except Dad, heÂs operating the movie camera!
Reviewer: Film Fan - - May 29, 2004
Subject: Dick and Jane at Home
A very cute, nostalgic film of how each family member brings purpose and harmony to their home. Show it to your young children! If you are a fan of Dick and Jane stories, then this film is for you, too. Can't you hear the whirrrr of the projector as the narrator pauses?
Reviewer: kevy-kev - - May 23, 2003
Subject: Do you?
Do you help out at home by cleaning up a mess even though you might not have made that mess? Do you? Do you help out mom by shelling the peas? Do you? Do you help out father by setting up the screen as he splices together the home movies? Do you? Do you enjoy ice-skating? Do you?

If you answered "no" to any of these questions, then you have something to learn from this film.
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